Cleveland man shoots two intruders, killing one
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:47

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities in Cleveland have identified a home-invasion suspect shot and killed by the home owner, who also wounded a second intruder.

The medical examiner identified the dead man on Wednesday as 20-year-old Robert L. Brown of Cleveland.

Twenty-four-year-old Everton Mosby told officers that two men approached him outside his house on the city's east side early Tuesday and ordered him back inside where they pistol-whipped him.

Mosby — who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon — said he was able to get hold of his gun and shot the two men.

The other suspected intruder, 27-year-old Willie R. Riley, was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to the knee and then arrested.

No attorney is listed for him in court records.


Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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Ohio school district, two villages on distress list
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 07:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio school district and two villages were flagged for fiscal distress by the state auditor on Tuesday, an unusually high weekly tally that the state auditor says he'd like to combat with a new alarm system of sorts.

Action by Auditor Dave Yost placed the Mansfield City Schools in northeast Ohio and the village of Edgerton west of Toledo in fiscal emergency. Bloomingburg, a village in southwest Ohio's Fayette County, was placed in a state of fiscal caution.

The state may now intervene to help the school district and Edgerton.

Yost said the designations are "a function of the difficult economic situation we've had since 2008."

Fiscal caution is a new distress category for local governments established under Yost, a Republican, who took office in 2011. It's designed to warn governments early that their finances are heading into trouble, so they can take corrective steps.

NE Ohio farm worker drowns in manure pit
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 07:15

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Ohio believe a farm worker who died over the weekend drowned in a manure storage lagoon after his tractor turned over.

The Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office says 41-year-old Santos Medina de Jesus drowned in the lagoon on a dairy farm Saturday after he was pinned by his overturned tractor.

The (Ashtabula) Star-Beacon (http://bit.ly/18QFK6j ) reports that deputies who were called to the farm in Dorset Township found the tractor in the half-acre lagoon, which is about 4 feet deep. A firefighter who entered the lagoon, tethered by a rope, located de Jesus' submerged body.

An autopsy is planned.

A report said de Jesus was in charge of removing manure from a barn and pushing it into the lagoon.


Information from: The Star-Beacon, http://www.starbeacon.com

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Secret donor pays off $25K in Ohio layaway bills
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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 07:20

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — An anonymous donor is making the holidays merrier for shoppers with Christmas gifts on layaway at an Ohio store.

The Springfield News-Sun and WHIO-TV report that a man provided $25,000 in gift cards to pay off more than 100 layaway accounts at a Walmart in Bellefontaine, 50 miles northwest of Columbus. The donations went toward accounts that included toys and already were partly paid.

One lucky shopper, Stefanie Evans, says she has eight children to gets gifts for and can't put her gratitude into words.

The store manager says some customers who benefited from the generosity decided to pay it forward by making payments toward other layaway accounts.

The manager says employees believe the donor is a man who paid off a similar amount for layaway accounts last year.

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Federal judge to hear Ohio gay marriage fight
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 07:10

CINCINNATI (AP) — Both sides of a fight over whether gay marriage should be recognized on Ohio death certificates despite a statewide constitutional ban were set to argue their cases in front of a federal judge in Cincinnati.

On one side are the two gay Ohio men who successfully got Judge Timothy Black to order their recently deceased spouses to be listed as married on their death certificates. They want that right afforded to all same-sex couples in Ohio who, like them, married in other states that allow gay marriage.

"This case is about love surviving death," their attorney, Al Gerhardstein, wrote in court documents. "The last record of a person's life on Earth should accurately state if the decedent is married and accurately name the surviving spouse."

Gerhardstein will ask Black to declare that Ohio's ban on gay marriage is a violation of constitutional rights and order funeral homes and coroners to document the marriages of gay couples on death certificates.

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